Police in Bangor, ME were forced to issue a warning on Tuesday morning after numerous male citizens of that community reported being scammed out of cash in relation to a webcam/blackmail scam.
It seems that at least six men have visited police headquarters complaining that they were approached by what appears to be a very attractive woman on Facebook. After sending a friend request, the women eventually invite the men to join them in a webcam chat. During the chat, the men are encouraged to “do a number of a private things,” according to the Bangor police.
Thereafter, the men in question were blackmailed. The “women” next claim to have captured the webcam video and then threaten to share it with their entire Facebook Friends’ List unless a ransom is paid.
After receiving an abnormal amount of complaints regarding this scam, the Bangor Police Department elected to issue a checklist for the men of their community to follow:
1. Go to the closest mirror.
2. Look at yourself.
3. Give yourself an honest review and realize that there is no reason in the world that an attractive lady from the Philippines wants to be your friend.
4. Return to the computer and delete the friend request.
5. Continue looking at lawnmowers, motorcycles and jacked up trucks that
are for sale in your region of the country.
6. Realize that you just saved yourself from showing the world what no one really needs to see, and a whole lot of cash.
“This is a scam and you will look stupid being shown around the office doing something that you really cannot take back,” Sgt. Tim Cotton posted. “Once it is out there, we can do nothing for you.”